Archive | May, 2012

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Cricket, Chicken and Clubbing, Oh My!

“Look, they fall! All of them fall!” The man standing behind me grins widely into the mirror, and peels clumps of my hair from his oily fingers. I look at his reflection with a pursed mouth smile; those who know me are aware this isn’t actually a sign of genuine amusement, and actually indicates the […]

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Where Do the ‘Girl Childs’ of India Go?

Disclaimer: this post is the result of the sole opinions of a visiting Westerner, and should not be taken as an insult to those who know otherwise about the situations and facts I have mentioned. In fact, I would really appreciate hearing other opinions on this topic, so please do get in touch  if you […]

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Welcome to the City Beautiful

After being in Chandigarh for over fifteen days, the cycle of air conditioned cars and free lunchtime press conference buffets was put on a slight hiatus. In its place came a week that facilitated my outbreak onto Chandigarh’s social scene, as I was gradually introduced to a whole range of its residents. Doctors, models, colonels, majors, babies, […]

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‘The Greatest Live World Music Concert and After Party’

‘So you can fly to Ukraine for us, then. Great.’ The movie mogul sitting opposite me takes a long sip of his chilled Kingfisher and leans back in his wicker chair. I look at my plate, where four different varieties of meat sit happily amongst a spoonful of mint chutney and some papad fragments. So […]

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The Other Side of India – or ‘Why I Had to Buy a Pair of Jeans During the Indian Summer’

I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I look at India. And, by extension, the way that India looks at me. For the last two months, I’ve seen fleeting glimpses of a vast amount of India, whether sitting on buses, sleeping on trains, or fearing for my life in leaking boats and terrifying tuktuks. Many […]

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Nine Inch Heels Presents ‘The Bling’

Those who know me well are probably a bit confused by this title. In my normal London life, I am not known as a high heel wearer, and am certainly not a flaunter of anything considered remotely ‘bling’. I’m also not particularly enamoured of either object. But here’s the thing: I’m not in London right […]

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How to Become a Mr. Bollywood Superfan in 24 Hours (Part 2)

After Part 1, the steady climb to the top of Bollywood adoration continues here. Read on, dear friends, read on… Hour 9: wedding jitters and pole dancing strippers I stand in the hotel grounds and gape, with open-mouthed wonder, at my surroundings. This place is a little bit mental. The stage, speakers and silver sequinned […]

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How To Become a Mr. Bollywood Superfan in 24 Hours (Part 1)

*Disclaimer: These are the first experiences I’ve had of accompanying any celebrity in their day to day life, and hence any overreactions should be excused merely as the internal excitement of a poor travelling Westerner. For the purposes of privacy, the celebrity in question shall, from here onwards, be referred to as Mr. Bollywood. Or […]

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